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Ryan's Top 125, Fourth Edition

Thursday, May 16, 2013


51  Derek Ernst (NR)  Won the Wells Fargo Championship with no sustained form heading into the event. This could be similar to Ted Potter, Jr. of 2012.

52  Cameron Tringale (37)  Was trending well, and then missed his last four cuts. It’s not panic time, but the antenna should be up.

53  Angel Cabrera (43)  Settling back into a familiar pattern of unspectacular results.

54  Robert Garrigus (45)  While it’s getting better, still hasn’t picked up a top 20 since the Match Play.

55  Kyle Stanley (106)  Watch out. The short putts are starting to fall and he posted back-to-back top 10s in New Orleans and Wells Fargo for the first time since his P2-win burst in 2012.

56  Scott Brown (71)  Made three out of four cuts since we last checked in, demonstrating that he’s not going to fall off the map. Worth keeping an eye on in some weaker events later in the summer.

57  Jeff Overton (46)  He’s a guy you can plug in anywhere from 45 to 70 and he makes sense. Hard to peg from week-to-week at times, but results will fall into place.

58  Charley Hoffman (63)  Disappointing finish down the stretch at the RBC Heritage, but his overall body of work is in line with his résumé.

59  K.J. Choi (47)  Plugging along and picked up another top 20 at Harbour Town. Don’t expect too much from him and you’ll end up pleasantly surprised.

60  Lucas Glover (95)  Found himself in contention in New Orleans, picking up his second T4 of the year. Like Bill Haas, we’ll have to see how being a new father impacts him on the course.

61  Ryan Palmer (59)  Pleasantly surprised at TPC Sawgrass despite poor history. Putting together a solid season.

62  John Rollins (60)  Like others in this range such as Overton, Hoffman and Palmer, we’re getting exactly what we expected from the veteran. Plenty of top 25s, but low on the times in contention.

63  Kevin Stadler (68)  See John Rollins.

64  Ben Crane (54)  Dabbling with a return to something better than an average player. He’s a sneaky play at the Byron Nelson after a T8 at TPC Sawgrass.

65  Peter Hanson (50)  One of several international players that have largely been a disappointment as full-time PGA TOUR members. See also Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ross Fisher et al.

66  Stewart Cink (66)  Leaving him be at 66th. Still plugging along and I don’t read too much into a MC at THE PLAYERS.

67  Louis Oosthuizen (51)  One of the bigger disappointments of 2013. Perhaps his T18 at THE PLAYERS will lead to a breakout performance at the HP Byron Nelson this week. It’s been kind to first-timers like Jason Day and Keegan Bradley recently.

68  Geoff Ogilvy (56)  I hope we aren’t going to wake up in a year or two and find that he’s Stuart Appleby.

69  Kevin Chappell (76)  Known for playing hard courses well, he was in contention through 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

70  James Hahn (52)  There probably isn’t a player on TOUR who wants to head back west more.

71  Pat Perez (75)  Steady weeks at Harbour Town and Quail Hollow before a MC at TPC Sawgrass. Keeping in line with years of history in 2013.

72  Brian Stuard (70)  Our fade in the last article was timely, as he has now missed his last five cuts.

73  Bob Estes (82)  Six top 30s in 10 starts has Estes flying just below most radars, but playing solid golf.

74  Graham DeLaet (74)  Third on TOUR in GIR and eighth in driving distance explains his steady play. Lacks sizzle this season with nothing better than a pair of T9s.

75  Harris English (84)  Heating up with a T6 in New Orleans and a modest T33 at THE PLAYERS. At any given time he could hit his stride and turn into the next Billy Horschel.

76  Brendan Steele (80)  Back-to-back missed cuts, but making cuts at a faster clip than he did in 2012. Needs to finish some off.

77  Bryce Molder (76)  Ranking second in strokes gained-putting, it doesn’t take much to go right for him to run into a big finish.

78  Ernie Els (69)  Nine starts in, he's still looking for his first top 10 of 2013.

79  Aaron Baddeley (62)  It can’t be stressed enough how bad his ball-striking is this year.

80  Padraig Harrington (53)  He experimented with the belly putter – possibly to prove a point – at Quail Hollow. What else do you need to know? Missing about as many cuts as he’s making.

81  Charlie Wi (72)  Snapped a streak of four missed cuts with a T55 at THE PLAYERS.

82  John Senden (81)  Not putting up some of the bigger finishes we are used to seeing from him because the ball-striking has just been average this year.

83  Carl Pettersson (79)  Made 11 (of 13) cuts, but can’t finish off a tournament. Only one top 10 and three top 25s.

84  Greg Chalmers (83)  Making more cuts than he’s missing, but lacking pop. About what we’ve come to expect.

85  Scott Stallings (89)  Given his history, it’s not a red flag that he’s missing cuts in bunches. Generally gets hot a few tournaments per year on easier courses.

86  Brian Harman (86)  A T10 at Wells Fargo is good enough to hold his position despite an otherwise unimpressive run since the Masters.

87  Nicolas Colsaerts (61)  It would be nice to see a little more consistency from the Muscles from Brussels.

88  Charlie Beljan (78)  A relative carbon copy of Scott Stallings. Missing tons of cuts, but figures out how to get it done when he has a good week.

89  Matt Jones (99)  Consistent year means he’ll keep his card, but hasn’t cracked a top 10 yet.

90  Richard H. Lee (96)  A T9 at the Heritage and a T21 in New Orleans have him close to wrapping up his card for a third year on TOUR. He’s been steadily trending upward since the beginning of his rookie year in 2012. Could be a good buy for 2013-2014.

91  Justin Leonard (91)  Only missed two cuts, but lone top 30 was a T4 in Tampa.

92  Ken Duke (88) Picked up a couple of top 25s in South Carolina and Louisiana, but missed the mark in his last two.

93  Nicholas Thompson (87)  On a bit of a dry spell with three missed cuts. Still a respectable 43rd in ball-striking.

94  Bud Cauley (65)  The fade continues for Cauley in his second full season on TOUR. Could be a factor in some of the weaker-field events later in the summer if not sooner.

95  George McNeill (109)  His T16 at the Wells Fargo was a season-best finish and he was in contention. Continuing to be very consistent in 2013.

96  Martin Kaymer (73)  The 2013 season has been a grind for the past PGA champion, with no logical end in sight. He’s got to pull himself up by the bootstraps soon, or it will be a lost year.

97  James Driscoll (92)  The Bostonian led the charge for support of the bombings victims in Bean Town with his Birdies for Boston campaign, and his T26 at TPC Sawgrass has him trending well.

98  Mark Wilson (104)  Showed some life with a T9 at the Heritage, but the summers have not been kind over the years.

99  Jason Kokrak (85)  Nothing better than a T50 since we last checked in, but his length makes him a serious factor on the right course.

100  Roberto Castro (112)  Anybody who can put up a 63 on TPC Sawgrass is capable of big things. It was not a surprise to see him falter the rest of the way, but he’s another guy to watch in some opposite-field events on the horizon.

101  Erik Compton (119)  Hasn’t cashed since March, but it won’t take much for him to lock up his 2013-2014 card at this point.

102  Brian Davis (100)  He isn’t making much noise, but he’s been slow and steady.

103  Ted Potter, Jr. (NR)  A couple of top 35s in his last four tournaments was a welcomed surprise.

104  Jerry Kelly (118)  His fifth at the RBC Heritage was his best finish since the 2011 Wyndham Championship.

105  Ross Fisher (117)  His T10 at the Wells Fargo Championship makes sense given his length and marks his first top 10 on the PGA TOUR in 2013.

106  Robert Karlsson (NR)  Scored a T4 on his home course of Quail Hollow to kick-start 2013 in just his seventh start. Plenty of work left to do, but a very good sign.

107  Chris Stroud (NR)  A T6 at the Heritage highlights a nice run since we last checked in. Now in much better shape to pick up a tee time at The Barclays.

108  David Hearn (120)  Made the cut in each of his last four starts which was exactly the consistency we were looking for following the Masters.

109  John Huh (102)  Has not followed up a strong week at the Masters. Sophomore slump still in effect.

110  Henrik Norlander (NR)  The rookie found himself on television a few times on the weekend of late, with back-to-back top 20s in New Orleans and Charlotte.

111  Jeff Maggert (NR)  Came out of nowhere and almost stole THE PLAYERS. Now we’ll find out if it was a mirage or a preview of things to come.

112  Ben Kohles (90)  Couldn’t buy a cut in three tries since our last checkup.

113  Scott Langley (NR)  Given his brief history of success on short U.S. Open courses and a T3 at the Sony Open and a T24 at Harbour Town, I’d love to see him at Merion.

114  Daniel Summerhays (103)  Holding his own, and almost found a top 25 at TPC Sawgrass, but likely needs one big week to lock things up for 2013-2014.

115  Vijay Singh (101)  Just after the deer antler spray episode seemed to be in the past, he went and sued the PGA TOUR. That’s probably going to be a bit of a distraction going forward.

116  Tommy Gainey (113)  Made three cuts in a row beginning with the Heritage, but failed to make it four at TPC Sawgrass. Might be coming around.

117  Matt Every (105)  Making cuts with some regularity again, so continue to be patient.

118  Sang-moon Bae (110)  Continues to be a cut machine, but not doing anything on the weekend.

119  Justin Hicks (NR)  His T18 at the Heritage goes a long way towards locking up a FEC Playoff berth, thus making him impossible to ignore.

120  William McGirt (98)  Dealing with an injury in his left wrist that required two cortisone shots. This makes him a bit of a risk moving forward.

121  Brad Fritsch (NR)  He’s a bubble guy as the season matures, but once again fights his way inside the number.

122  Robert Streb (123)  He’s cracking the top 25 three-quarters of the time when he sees the weekend, but I wish he didn’t miss so many cuts.

123  Jonathan Byrd (115)  If he doesn’t get something done between now and the U.S. Open, he will be in serious jeopardy of needing the help of a Major Medical.

124  Retief Goosen (108)  His current form (and back injury) warrants worse, but stature earns him the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

125  Vaughn Taylor (NR)  Making the most of limited opportunities given conditional status, but seems hungry when he tees it up.

 

Falling out:  Seung-yul Noh (93), Rory Sabbatini (97), Kevin Na (107), Jonas Blixt (111), Gary Woodland (114), Y.E. Yang (116), Sean O’Hair (121), Steve Marino (122), Johnson Wagner (124) and J.J. Henry (125).

 

We will return following the U.S. Open to see how the TOUR’s first trip to Merion shakes things up.

 

Best of luck to all!

 



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Ryan O’Sullivan joined Rotoworld in 2012. The Clemson grad blogs as The Golf Aficionado.
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